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Outside of Germany, the largest Volkswagen research facility in the world is located in northern California in the heart of Silicon Valley. Sitting in the midst of tech giants such as Apple and Google, the VW Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is hard at work designing new technologies for the future of transportation. From electrified vehicles to self-driving cars and connected mobility, scientists are creating phenomenal breakthroughs for all the VW group brands. A new partnership with Aurora Technologies, a leader in autonomous software, is expected to speed the development of self-driving cars. “Our core purpose is to innovate to drive change,” said ERL boss Nikolai Reimer, who recently moved from Germany to head up the research effort.  “Everyone in Silicon Valley is very innovation driven. Over almost two decades, the ERL has developed a solid process to keep our focus on the right collaborations and the most relevant ideas to drive change that will have a real impact for driver experience and society as a whole.” You can keep up with the new technology coming from VW with a periodic visit to Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale.

Automation and Electrification are Keys to Future

Just as the assembly line and internal combustion engine were the keys to the inception of the automotive industry a century ago, Reimer says that electrification and automation are the straws that will stir the drink of future mobility. “We at the ERL envision a future mobility where both usership and ownership of vehicles will coexist. We anticipate that seamless multimodality will combine public and private transportation into one organic service powered by big data and artificial intelligence,” he said. Remier envisions a day where cheap broadband access will allow for an improved version of teleconferencing, where people “beam” themselves to other destinations via the Internet.

Silicon Valley Offers Unique Benefits

Being located in a spot that is so heavily invested in innovative technology is a major benefit for the ERL. “We cooperate with universities and startups on promising, emerging technologies such as sensors for autonomous driving and battery technology,” Reimer continued. “Our focus is on connected mobility, autonomous driving and holistic user experience to help improve the driver experience and drive meaningful change. ERL’s proximity to the local tech giants allows us to be the perfect incubation place for joint innovations as well as a reliable local collaborator for product development.” VW’s suite of sensor and camera safety features that help drivers avoid collisions is a good example of a step toward autonomous driving. See all the new technology when you stop by Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale.

Get in touch and stay in touch with Chapman Volkswagen for a chance to drive and buy the new VW Passat GT, a limited run edition recently unveiled at the Detroit North American International Car Show. Designed by VW’s engineering facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the new GT is a unique take on the R-Line trim package, with special accents and features both inside and out. “The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market,” according to VW chief engineer Dr. Matthias Erb. “Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here.” Expect the new Passat GT to arrive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale sometime this summer.

Powerful Engine Paired With Sport Suspension

The new VW Passat GT is powered by the 280-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine that also produces a healthy 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates up with a sport-tuned suspension, offering phenomenal handling and a more aggressive stance. The GT comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that you can let seamlessly shift through all the power ranges, or you can take matters into your own hands and use the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a little more dynamic driving experience. Even with all the power and sports car handling excitement, the VW Passat GT still earns an EPA estimated 28 mpg on the highway, making it the perfect dual-threat car for your daily commute and weekend adventures.

Design Unique on Inside and Out

The exterior of the Passat GT is unique from other models starting with LED headlights and daytime running lights. While it does have the same bumper as the R-Line model, a honeycomb grille, red accent line and GT badge all set this vehicle apart. The black roof is also unique to the GT, as are complimentary black window and door trim, as well as black mirror caps. The two-tone 19-inch wheels are broken up by the bright red brake calipers. A rear spoiler and LED taillights provide a rear exclamation point to the designer’s vision. Slip inside the new Passat GT and you’ll be surrounded by black and gray. The seats are made of black leatherette with gray inserts. Contrasting stitching provide a nice sophisticated touch. The Composition Media infotainment center utilizes a 6.3-inch touchscreen to control all your music and communication. Pricing for the limited edition VW Passat GT starts at $29,090. For a chance to own one of these special models, get in touch with Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Wraps Come Off All-new Jetta on January 15

If you’ve been dying to see the latest version of the VW Jetta, the company is taking the wraps off the latest incarnation of one of its best-sellers on its Facebook page this Monday, January 15. Since its introduction to the United States almost 40 years ago, the Jetta has proven very popular, with more than 3 million units sold. In the popular compact sedan market, the Jetta has risen to the top thanks in large part to its German engineering, European style and phenomenal handling. It also hasn’t hurt that the Jetta has been one of the most affordable entries in its category. Stay in touch with Chapman Volkswagen to see when you can get your hands on the 2019 Jetta.

Built on New MQB Chassis

Volkswagen is increasing efficiency by having many of its vehicles share the MQB chassis, which allows for quick swapping of different parts. The all-new Jetta will also be on that chassis, enjoying the benefits of a new suspension system and more interior room. The 2019 Jetta focuses on the driver, with an interior designed for people who still enjoy taking a car out on the open road. Powered by a turbocharged, efficient engine, the 2019 Jetta will offer the best in both power and fuel efficiency. See it for yourself this Monday at 10:05 eastern time when it makes its first appearance.

2018 Models Ready to Roll

If you can’t wait for the 2019 Jetta to show up on the dealer lot, Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale has a large inventory of 2018 models just waiting for your test drive. With four-corner independent suspension helping you stay in control on the highway and an estimated 40 mpg on the highway thanks to the mating of a six-speed DSG transmission with a turbocharged engine, the little Jetta offers the best of performance and efficiency. The base Jetta comes with a 1.4L engine, but you can also choose models with a 1.8 or 2.0L engine if you’re looking for a bit more power. When all other sedans seem to look and drive alike, the VW Jetta stands out because of its styling, efficiency and fun-to-drive factor.

Plenty of Tech AND the Best Warranty

If the styling and handling aren’t enough to convince you to buy a Jetta, consider the modern technology that goes into this sedan, as well as the industry’s best warranty making sure that technology will stay working.  With an infotainment system second to none that offers streaming music and hands-free communication, the Jetta is a pleasure to drive. Long after the initial thrill of owning a new car is gone, the People First Warranty will make sure you have many trouble-free miles. The Jetta is covered for up to 6 years or 72,000 miles. That’s double the warranty of most competitors.

The sporty R-Line package that has proven popular on other Volkswagen models over the years is now being offered on the VW Tiguan. The Tiguan dressed out in all its R-Line finery was introduced at the recent Los Angeles auto show and will go on sale at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale in the first quarter of 2018. The package includes 19-inch Trenton alloy wheels for the SEL model and 20-inch Braselton wheels for those choosing the Tiguan with the SEL Premium trim package. Also included in the R-Line package are front air intakes in the special front bumpers and a diffusor at the rear, unique badging and body color side skirts and wheel extensions.

R-Line Features Prominent on Interior

The cabin of the new VW Tiguan with the R-Line appearance package is also unique from other models. It sports a logo when the Modular Infotainment Platform audio and communication system starts up, as well as a dynamic badge on the steering wheel, black headliner, R-Line logo on the stainless steel door sills and stainless sport pedal covers. The R-Line package utilizes the standard 2.0L turbocharged engine that, when coupled with the eight-speed automatic transmission, provides some thrilling driving dynamics. Advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive is also available on the R-Line models. The R-Line also comes with Park Distance Control for both the front and rear on the SEL model. That feature is already included on SEL Premium models.

Tiguan Named Best Compact SUV

Cars.com named the redesigned 2018 Tiguan the “Best Compact SUV of 2017.” “The 2018 VW Tiguan impressed the judges with its roominess and value,” according to Cars.com editor-in-chief Jennifer Newman. “The cargo capability is top of the class, making this small SUV a huge advantage for shoppers concerned about getting the most room for the money. The Tiguan is is also a great option for families, earning the highest possible marks in the Cars.com’s Car Seat Check.” Along with providing value and interior room, all the models were tested on available driver assistance features and ease of child-safety seat installation. “We are delighted that the 2018 Tiguan has been recognized by Cars.com as one of the best compact SUVs on the market,” said VW VP Derrick Hatami. “Every aspect of the Tiguan is designed to cater to the needs of American drivers and their families – from standard driver assist technologies to an optional third row-and this award validates the All-new Tiguan is a serious competitor in this segment.” Swing by Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale to check out the entire Tiguan inventory and inquire about an actual date when the new R-Line models will make an appearance.

Compact Electric SUV Coming from VW in 2020

With all the buzz generated from the announcement that Volkswagen is bringing back an electrified version of its iconic bus in the upcoming I.D. BUZZ vehicle, the company created even more of a stir with the news that the I.D. CROZZ, a compact electric SUV, will precede the arrival of the BUZZ. “The I.D. CROZZ-based electric vehicle will be an affordable and stylish electric SUV – and there is more to come!” according to VW CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken. “The I.D. CROZZ and the I.D. BUZZ will help Volkswagen to kick off an EV revolution in the United States. All of our I.D. concept cars demonstrate the inherent flexibility, driving range and smart design that can serve the needs of 21st century drivers.” The I.D. CROZZ will be coming to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale in 2020, followed by the I.D. BUZZ in 2022.

Represents the Future of Transportation

From the ability to drive itself to voice-activated trunk and doors, the I.D. CROZZ is the future of modern transportation. About the same size as today’s Tiguan but with more interior space, the I.D. CROZZ utilizes a powerful 83 kWh lithium-ion battery module to run two electric motors, one placed on both the front and rear axles. The motors combine for a healthy output of 302 horsepower and range of up to 300 miles on a single charge. The ID CROZZ will utilize VW’s patented 4MOTION all-wheel drive system to provide maximum control in all types of conditions. When cruising, the rear motor will work alone. Once the system senses wheel slippage, the front motor kicks in to provide power all around.

Wake Up to a Light Show

The I.D. CROZZ will definitely be the coolest vehicle in your neighborhood. You’ll eagerly anticipate your morning commute as it starts with a light show every time you wake up your vehicle. First the VW logos in front and back will light up, extending a line to the headlights and running lights. Once they shine on, the vehicle is ready to go. You’ll appreciate the doors opening extra wide – up to 90 degrees – for easy entry and exit. The unusually roomy interior is big enough to put in an adult bicycle behind the front seats, but the main benefit will be for head and legroom for the passengers. Quilted seating surfaces provide an extra layer of comfort. With the autonomous driving mode activated, the steering wheel retracts providing a lounge-like atmosphere for relaxing and conversing with passengers. If all this sounds like it’s light years away, remember that 2020 is coming sooner than you think. Stay in touch with the pros at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale to score the first test drive of the remarkable I.D. CROZZ

When it comes to urban legends, the VW Golf might not be up there with the scuba diver who was dropped in the middle of a forest during a firefight or the one-armed man with a hook who only seems to come around during kids’ camping trips. However, when it comes to delivering a fun drive in a vehicle that’s built to haul people and a surprising amount of stuff, the Golf has proven itself more than capable of being the perfect urban commuter vehicle. As a fun hatchback, the Golf is surprisingly affordable with a peppy 1.8L turbo engine that delivers 36 mpg on the highway. It comes loaded with technology and a list of positive reviews that would make a super model blush. See why the Golf remains at the top of many “best cars” lists when you visit Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale.

Choose from Two Trim Packages

Although the Golf includes a lineup that offers a racing version, electric version and two wagons, the base Golf delivers four trim packages that are designed for people on a budget who demand a great driving experience. The base S model starts at just $19,895, yet still comes with a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel, rear view camera and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen infotainment system. Heated side mirrors and sporty 15-inch Lyon wheel add to the amenities. You’ll stay connected to the outside world with the Volkswagen Car-Net suite of services. The Wolfsburg edition starts at $21,595, but for that little bit of extra money you receive a ton of extra features. Open the sunroof on nice days or to let the stars in at night. Don’t worry if there’s a bit of a chill in the air, the heated front seats will keep you toasty. It also has V-tex leatherette seating surfaces, push button start, keyless access and autonomous emergency braking to help you avoid collisions. Both models have a long line of accessories to help you personalize your new VW Golf. Choose the upscale SE or SEL and you get an automatic transmission standard. Automatics are optional on both the S and Wolfsburg editions.

Get 0 Percent for 60 Months

Customers who qualify for financing through Volkswagen Credit can buy the 2017 VW Golf with 0 percent financing for up to 60 months. You need to take delivery by January 2, 2018, but consider a new Golf with a big red bow as the perfect Holiday gift for that someone special. Take some time to swing by Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale soon and take a test drive.

If you’re looking for something a little sportier and more comfortable than a boxy SUV to enhance your winter driving pleasure, consider the 2018 VW Golf Alltrack with 4Motion all-wheel drive. A little taller than the Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack offers more clearance, better visibility and a bolder look than its sibling. You can test drive one today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

4Motion Eliminates Loss of Traction

The sophisticated 4Motion all-wheel drive system in the VW Golf Alltrack kicks in before you start to experience wheelspin, helping you to keep moving in icy or slippery conditions. Unlike other permanent all-wheel drive systems, the rear wheels are decoupled when the conditions are good, providing greater fuel efficiency. When the going gets tough, the rear wheel gears kick in within a fraction of a second by means of an electro-hydraulically controlled oil pump. An innovative control system is constantly measuring traction and determining how much power to deliver to each axle. Electronic differential locks determine when a wheel is slipping and momentarily apply the brakes, delivering power to the opposite wheel in a manner much more quickly than possible by a driver.

Roomy Interior has Plenty of Comfort

With a spacious 94.3 cubic feet of room in which passengers can stretch out, the VW Golf Alltrack provides plenty of room for adults to remain comfortable on long weekend adventures. More than 30 cubic feet of cargo room is more than enough for the weekly grocery run. Fold the rear seats down and you more than double that storage space for hauling large items. The Alltrack features extensive use of upscale materials, including V-tex leatherette seats and standard heated front seats. Choose the SEL model and you get a 12-way power driver seat so you can get just the right angle to combat fatigue on long drives. A standard MIB II infotainment system delivers the ability to stream music and podcasts while staying in touch with the outside world through hands-free communication.

People First Warranty New for 2018

Along with a number of new technology features, one of the most attractive new items in the VW Golf Alltrack for 2018 is the People First Warranty. While most automakers offer a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, VW coverage doubles that for 6 years or up to 72,000 miles. That proves that VW has a lot of confidence in all its vehicles, including the sporty and capable Alltrack. Test drive one today when you visit Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale.

Cars.com Names Atlas Best 3-Row SUV

Cars.com, one of the leading consumer information sites for news about cars, trucks and SUVs, has named the new VW Atlas the “Best 3-Row SUV of 2017” after a competition that wasn’t really close. Cars.com put the Atlas up against the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and the results might surprise some people shopping for a new people hauler. “Volkswagen’s first SUV with a standard three rows of seats won this competition by one of the larger margins in Cars.com challenge history,” according to Cars.com editor-in-chief Jennifer Newman. “The all-new three-row SUV stole the show with its refined driving manners, ample passenger and cargo space, and easy-to-use technology.” If you’re looking for a people hauler that offers all the performance and comfort you’ll ever need, stop by Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and take a test drive.

Second Recent Win for Volkswagen

The totally redesigned VW Tiguan also won the Cars.com challenge for the 2017 compact SUV category. Cars.com tests vehicles in 12 different categories, including value, visibility, ride quality, powertrain, multimedia, in-cabin storage, cargo storage, second and third-row comfort, driver and passenger comfort and interior quality. For the 3-row SUV competition, vehicles could not cost more than $46,000 including all options and transportation fees. Vehicles also won points for advanced safety features and the ability to accommodate various child safety seats. The first-place Atlas was followed by, in order, the Traverse, Pilot and Highlander. “We are so proud of this win for the all-new Atlas,” said VW VP Derrick Hatami. “Adding a 3-row SUV to our lineup has been a long time coming, so it was paramount to get it right. Coming out first in a head-to-head comparison with several key competitors is evidence that we are doing just that.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

The VW Atlas comes in variety of models starting at just $30,500. Depending on the model, you can choose from a 2.0L turbocharged engine that delivers a healthy 235 horsepower, or go with a 3.6L V6 motor that pumps out 276 horses. Either way you get startling fuel efficiency with 26 mpg on the highway for the 2.0L and 25 highway mpg for the V6. When equipped properly with the larger engine, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is more than enough for most boats or travel trailers. Choose the 4Motion all-wheel drive option and selecting the right type of all-wheel drive for your current conditions is as simple as turning a dial. The new VW Atlas has earned a maximum five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. VW also offers the best warranty in the business, a 6-year/72,000-mile limited bumper-to-bumper policy that’s double that of most competitors. See the all-new Atlas today when you take a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Touareg Offers Luxury You Can Live With

With all the deserved hype for the addition of the full-size Atlas and the redesigned compact Tiguan to the VW SUV lineup, the Touareg may have gotten lost a bit in the shuffle. That’s a shame because the VW Touareg is a sophisticated SUV that lets you haul, load, lift, pack and ride in the lap of ultimate luxury. With a V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower, the Touareg is rated to tow 7,716 pounds. That’s more than enough for most midsize recreational trailers. The Touareg is also loaded with standard driver assistance features, including an automatic post-collision braking system and an intelligent crash response system that turns off the fuel pump, turns on the hazard lights and unlocks the doors in the event you’re in a crash that activates the air bags. If you’re in the market for a premium SUV, take some time to visit Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale and test drive the Touareg.

Get Ready for Your Glamour Shot

If there is one word to describe the feeling one gets when driving a VW Touareg, it just might be “glamorous.” From the available panoramic sunroof to the brilliant Bi-Xenon headlights, the use of premium materials and fine craftsmanship make the Touareg stand out from the rest of the SUV crowd. Front seats have active ventilation to keep you cool in the summertime, while the use of premium leather is as comfortable as your favorite pair of gloves. Heated front seats are standard, but you can choose to get heated seats to keep everyone in the vehicle warm and toasty. Four 12V outlets and one 115 plug-in will keep everyone’s electronics charged at optimal level. A hands-free lift gate provides easy access to the rear area, which adds up to 64 cubic seats once you fold the rear seats down. The 14-way power adjustable front seats have a memory to ensure you are in just the right position every time for the most comfortable trip possible.

Information is Just a Fingertip Away

The VW Touareg offers one of the most sophisticated navigation/infotainment systems available in the automotive industry. The 8-inch touchscreen not only maps your route, but provides both a bird’s eye view and two-dimensional rendering of your trip as it takes you turn-by-turn to your destination. Choose the available Dynaudio premium sound system and you get 620 watts flowing through 10 speakers to embrace you in a blanket of sound you won’t soon forget. Add on the overhead view camera and you’ll be able to see 360 degrees around your Touareg. This not only helps you park, but lessens the chance of hitting someone in your blind spot. See all the features and feel the luxury of the Touareg for yourself when you visit Chapman Volkswagen in Scottsdale.

The English translation of “Volkswagen” is, roughly, “the people’s car.” The popular German automaker is taking that translation one step further by offering “the people first” warranty on most of the 2018 lineup of Volkswagen vehicles. That translates into an industry first bumper-to-bumper coverage that lasts 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. “Volkswagen has always been the people’s car, and with the People First Warranty, we’re putting our customers first,” according to VW CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken. “By bringing the right cars at the right time and making the offer very competitive, we believe we’re in the position to grow in the U.S. market.” See the entire VW lineup and take a test drive when you visit Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Expanding the People First Warranty

VW first offered the phenomenal warranty coverage on the new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs. The company has now decided to expand that coverage to the 2018 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Jetta, Passat, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R and Golf SportWagen. “Volkswagen has begun to grow again in America, and buyers have welcomed the Atlas and Tiguan into their homes,” said VW Sales VP Derrick Hatami. “Expanding this warranty beyond those two models gives our dealers another competing argument for the rest of our lineup, and we believe it will lead to a reduced overall cost of ownership for buyers.” The warrant covers the engine, transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive system, along with other components normally covered in bumper-to-bumper warranties. If you decide to sell your vehicle, the coverage transfers to the new owner for up to 6 years and 72,000 miles from when the vehicle was first sold. Most competitors only offer a 3-year and 36,000-mile warranty on new vehicles.

Now’s the Time to Buy or Lease

Along with the announcement of the new People First Warranty, VW has also offered some incentives to help clear out the 2017 models. Qualified lessees can lease a 2017 Jetta S for as little as $119 a month with just $1,999 down during the Volkswagen Sell Down Event. If you prefer to buy, qualified buyers can purchase the Jetta for 0 percent APR and get an additional $1,000 cash back. Great lease and purchase offers are also available on the Beetle, CC, Passat, Golf, Tiguan, Atlas, Touareg and Beetle Convertible. Swing by Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale today to take advantage of the savings,,as the offers are only good through October 31.